18 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Weekend

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Did someone say spring? With the first day of spring this Sunday, there’s plenty to do to usher in the new season. Go on an exotic drive opening weekend at Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure at Six Flags in Jackson, get ready to plant a garden at the Get Ready For Spring Event at Terhune Orchards in Princeton, watch floats and marchers at the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Keyport or support Community Food Bank of New Jersey from your kitchen with A Taste of Wonder: Virtual Cooking Demo with Chef Bobby Flay & Wonder. And if you are looking for more to fill your calendar, check out FREE Things To Do in March.

Featured Photo Credit: Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure Opening Day

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(Note: Since COVID-19 rules and regulations are continually changing, it’s best to check ahead for in-person events)

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A Taste of Wonder: Virtual Cooking Demo with Chef Bobby Flay & Wonder
March 23 at 7 PM

Step into Bobby Flay’s kitchen and join Wonder for a night of bold flavors & fun. He’ll walk through his favorite dishes from Bobby Flay Steak, Flay’s restaurant available to Wonder customers, and answer questions about his cooking, career, and more — all from the comfort of your home. Plus, you’ll do good too: For every ticket purchased between now and March 23, Wonder will donate 100% of the purchase price to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
Cost: $25 ticket per household – includes access to the event, exclusive demonstration on how to make a Spicy Ribeye steak, mushroom mashed potatoes, and his signature Old Fashioned cocktail + $5 of complimentary Wonder credits*. For every ticket purchased, we will donate 100% of the purchase price to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. CFBNJ is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey. To learn more about CFBNJ, visit www.cfbnj.org.

*Limit one $5.00 credit per customer. Must attend the Bobby Flay Cooking Demonstration, download the Wonder app, and be located within the current Wonder serviceable area to qualify. Credits will be added to the account within 48 hours after the event. Credits expire 365 days after issuance. Credits may not be applied to alcohol purchases, taxes, or tips.
Virtual

Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure Opening Day
March 19
Pile your crew into your car—you’re going on a safari!. Head to Six Flags to spot over 1,200 animals from six continents from the comfort of your car on opening day at the Wild Safari Drive-Thru. Get ready for a wild trip through 350 acres to see everything from elephants to gorillas to lions and more on this unique and interactive zoo experience.
Cost: $9.99 and up
1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson, NJ 08527
(732) 928-2000

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
March 19 at 7 PM
Celebrate St. Paddy’s day with a traditional meal of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and soda bread. Live music will also be available. And if you don’t want to eat in, no worries—they will be doing take-out orders too.
Cost: $20
Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility – 594 State Highway 94, Columbia, NJ 07832
(908) 496-8200

The Casual Birder at Crosswicks Creek Park
March 15 at 9 AM

Take a walk through Crosswicks Creek Park and be on the lookout for birds. A limited number of binoculars will be available for this event. Meet in the parking lot of Province Line Road.
Cost: Free
Crosswicks Creek Park – County Route 537, Upper Freehold, NJ 08514

(609) 259-5794

Healthy Kids in Hannah’s Kitchen
March 15, 22, 29 at 4:30 PM

Hands-on cooking for ages 8-12; parent/guardian must register. Your child will learn how to cook with nutritious ingredients, how to read a recipe, kitchen safety tips, measuring techniques, knife skills, and more.
Cost: Free
Virtual
Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group
Emily Ho, RDN, emily.ho@rwjbh.org or (973) 926-7371

St. Patrick’s Day Skate
March 17 at 6 PM
Get ready to wear your green and roll with the whole family. Skate and then stick around for more fun with food and games.
Cost: $5 Skate, $4 Rental
Millennium Skate World – 
1900 Carman St., Camden, NJ 08105

2022 Shamrock Shuffle
March 19 at 9 AM

Grab your running shoes, wear your green and join in spirit for some fresh air and exercise after a long winter. There is an option to choose from a 5K race, 2-mile walk, kids’ fun run, and a virtual 5K.
Cost: Fees vary per event
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish – 111 Claremont Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
shamrockshuffle.bernardsville@gmail.com

Newark Museum Of Art Planetarium events
March 19, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket at 10 AM or Origins of Life at 3 PM
Travel to Newark this weekend, and go on a journey to outer space in their planetarium. Littles will love the Secret of the Cardboard Rocket about the Solar System, and tweens and teens will be amazed by the Origins of Life show. Your kids will be mesmerized by all the stars, as well as learning about astronomy, space, and planetary science.
Cost: Free with general admission
49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 596-6550

Read and Explore at Terhune Orchards: Getting Ready For Spring
March 19 at 10 AM
Enjoy a fun and educational program that combines hands-on activities with listening to a story. Since St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional day to plant peas and spinach, kids will learn how to get a garden ready. The reading is a selection from Frog and Toad Are Friends, and each child will plant seeds to take home.
Cost: $10
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 924-2310

Sawmilling and Tree Planting at Howell Living History Farm
March 19 from 10 AM-4 PM
Spring on the farm means upgrading the horse stalls and planting trees lost to a harsh winter. Visitors can help roll logs with logging tools, make pegs for the barn framing, cut firewood for the kitchen stove, or plant replacement trees in the farm’s woodlot. And helpers will receive a small tree tubling to take home and plant. 
Cost: Free
70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530
(609) 737-3299

St. Paddy’s Day Plunge and 5K in Cape May
March 19 at 11 AM
Even if you’re not up for the Plunge, come out to the 5K Run,1 Mile Walk, or cheer participants on. There will be refreshments and an after-party at Carney’s.
Cost: For all 18 and under registrants, the cost will be adjusted to $15 for the 5K Polar Plunge and $30 for Combination 5K/Polar Plunge
411 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm
March 19 at 1 PM

Come out to the farm for the day and enjoy accordion music with 1890s tunes.
Cost: Free
Historic Longstreet Farm
 – 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 946-3758

Annual Keyport Fire Department St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 19 at 1 PM
Missed the parades last weekend? Come out to this lively one, with music, floats, entertainment, and participating organizations throughout the community to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to wear green!
Cost: Free
2 W. Front Street, Keyport, NJ 07735

Maple Sugaring At The Tenafly Nature Center
March 20 with a variety of session times
Identify a maple tree, learn about the history of maple sugaring and see how the technology has changed at this program for all ages.
Cost: Children under 2 are free, member $8, member family $30, non-member $10
313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670
(201) 568-6093

Newark Museum Of Art: Paint Like Pollock
March 20 and 27 at 1 PM
Kids will love to splatter paint and design an abstract art piece. This event is first-come, first-serve. Don’t forget to wear clothes that you can get messy in.
Cost: Free with general admission
Ed Lobby, First Floor, South Wing, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 596-6550

His Excellency and His Majesty: George Washington and George III
Now-March 20 at 2:30 PM
Compare the lives of George Washington and King George. Discover these two men’s lives, legacy, and leadership during this tour of George Washington’s winter headquarters.
Cost: Admission is free
Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites – 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

(908) 725-1015

Morris County Winter Farmers’ Market – Grow It Green
Now-March 27 (except December 26) at 9:30 AM
The Morris County Winter Farmers’ Market features more than 20 farmers and local food vendors to develop a local food system that patrons can eat locally and seasonally. There will be freshly grown produce, farm-raised beef, pork and poultry and fresh seafood, baked goods, farm eggs, and so much more.
Cost: Free
Convent Train Station, Convent Road, Morris Township, NJ 07960 

Edelman Planetarium Family Show
Sundays until March 27 at 2 PM
Families with younger kids can enjoy the planetarium for shorter family shows with themes that change monthly. March kicks off “The Little Star That Could,” a laser show that combines solar system facts in an easy-to-follow and entertaining story.
Cost: $2 per person
Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028
(856) 256-4000

Frazier Fitness Charity Challenge
All funds must be raised by March 30, 2022
March is the time for spring training, and Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation is launching an exciting fitness and fundraising challenge to get your family moving together. Get fit with Jackie and Todd Frazier, Major League Baseball All-Star and 2020 Olympian, by joining the 21-Day Frazier Charity Fitness Challenge today. Raise the most funds for CSH, and you will get a LIVE Virtual Training Session with Jackie and Todd. Register now at https://getfit4csh.org to make an impact on your health and the health of local kids living with special healthcare needs.
Cost: Donation-based
Virtual

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About Author

Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.

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